19 February 2018

Twitter Archiver

Twitter Archiver looks to be a pretty cool Chrome extension for archiving tweets.

I am trying it out to capture my #vala2018 tweets in a Google drive spreadsheet - this will become my conferrence notes.

You can set up a rule to combine users, hashtags, keywords, locations to dump the tweets into a spreadsheet.

Of course it does not capture associated media - so not exactly an archive.

5 June 2017

Blogjune 2017 twitter list

It's now day 5 of blogjune. I am not writing this year, but providing a bit of admin support.

If you want see if you are following all of the bloggers check out this list...


Happy reading.

26 May 2017

Preparing for new Primo UI

I presented with a colleague, Jessie Donaghey at the recent ANZREG conference on our preparations for the new Primo UI.

Here is the presentation.

This was my first serious attempt at using Sway (office 365) for a presentation.


  • Interactive
  • Loaded images relatively quickly - yes we presented using it online and live! 
  • Pretty without requiring graphic design skills
  • Responsive - adapts to screen size of visitor
  • Images can be zoomed into while in the presentation


  • jumps about when editing the slides - easy to lose your place
  • responsive - so you cannot always tell in advance how well your images might display
  • cannot export or easily convert to a back up PPT or PDF. We had to 
  • CC images can be searched for within the interface, but no easy way to track down the details so that you can provide attribution. We ended up using images from unsplash.com which are CC0 licence - pretty much do what you like with them. But we had to download, resize and then upload to Sway

18 May 2017

Blogjune 2017 join the challenge

It's that time of the year again - time to ramp up your blog mojo.

The challenge: Blog every day in June - or as often as you can manage, or comment on someone else's blog every day
Register by posting a tweet. The tweet must contain:
  1. URL where you will be blogging
  2. hashtag #registerblogjune
Optionally include other words like "Aaagh what am I thinking", "I'm a blog junkie" or anything else that comes to mind.

When you register, your twitter handle, blog URL and the text of your tweet will be added to the google docs spreadsheet below. Your blog will (probably) be included in an OPML file that will be published for those who want to subscribe to all the blogjune participants. Watch for twitter updates about that https://twitter.com/petahopkins

Next steps...

  • On the 1st of June post to your blog. Share each post on Twitter using the hashtag #blogjune
  • Check back here to find new twitter accounts to follow, or... I will periodically update  this twitter list and you can subscribe to that list. I'm not guaranteeing it will be exact or up to date with registrations. I haven't found a good way to automatically add registrants to the list.
  • Read other's posts and comment on them
  • Keep posting

Long time Junebloggers - how about sharing your tips or ideas for topics and themes in the comments of this post to welcome the newbies to the challenge.

PS. I doubt that I will be blogging this June. I have 3 concurrent quilting projects on! But I will enjoy reading some of your posts.

25 March 2017

Finding Open Access moves on

Some time ago in 2013 the OA button arrived and I wrote a bit about it.

Back then it was a bookmarklet that sat with your browser bookmarks. . You could use it to identify when and where you were trying to access a paywalled article.

4 years on it is a browser extension (I'm using Chrome - have not checked Firefox or others) you can use on the web to locate open access versions of articles, or if none found to request an OA version be made available. The requests are forwarded to researchers for legal open access copies to be archived in a repository. There is no guarantee that your request will be satisfied, but it helps to communicate to researchers the demand and importance of OA.

I have used it from our Library discovery system (Primo) and it worked OK, I assume using the DOI in the article record I was viewing. DOI, PMID and some other identifiers may be used.

There is also an Unpaywall extension. It's official launch is April 4 2017 - so it is a less mature product. This one is designed to automatically display an indicator of whether an OA version is available while viewing an article metadata page. This one is not working with my Library discovery system, nor a ResearchGate, nor the Australian Library Journal on Taylor and Francis pages, but it does work with some journal sites.

Ex Libris has planned to incorporate oadoi as an option in Alma's uresolver. This will provide a similar kind of finding option to locate open access versions where a DOI is available in a citation in Primo.  I'm looking forward to adding that one to our interface. It will be interesting to see what if any impact this has on our document delivery service.

For news about these extensions..
Follow @oaDOI_org
Follow Unpaywall